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Old 01-08-2005, 08:24 PM   #1
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question about antibiotics not prescribed for acne

i am currently taking 2 875-125mg of amox/clavK (augmentin) a day, prescribed to be for my very bad sore throat (possible infection??).

my question is, i hear a lot of talk of antibiotics being prescribed for acne sufferers, so why hasnt this antibiotic that i am taking helping my acne at all? will my acne get worse when i am done with the antibiotics (only on them for 10 days)? i guess i dont really understand how antibiotics work in the first place so if anybody can help me out with these questions it would be much appreciated. also, is there a special antibiotic for people with acne? the doctor made it sound like the Rx he gave me was the only kind of antibiotic, or at least the best, out there.

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Old 01-09-2005, 10:17 AM   #2
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Re: question about antibiotics not prescribed for acne

Antibiotics work several ways. The most important one is to reduce the amount of bacteria in and around the hair follicle. They reduce the amount of free fatty acids in the sebum, and also reduce the inflammatory response your body has. The thing is only certain antibiotics work for certain bacteria. The one you're taking for your throat won't work for acne. It's a different bacteria.

I don't see how taking the antibiotic for your throat could make your acne worse. That shouldn't be a concern.

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Re: question about antibiotics not prescribed for acne

Probably p. acnes (the bacterium responsible for acne) isn't susceptible to the drug you're taking.

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